Discovering Therapy

Understanding Behavior and Cognitive therapy

Practical lessons to change your life; Understanding Behavior Therapy Vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.

Have you ever wondered why you respond the way you do, or how specific perceptions you hold, were formed? Have you ever wanted to change a behavior or attitude? In this class, we will examine the differences in behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy.


  • Both therapies can help us apply practical ways to change a negative behavior or attitude. We all have certain unhealthy behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs that we could change. The only main difference between the two therapies is the method in which applied.
  • Both therapies will tackle the same issues however CBT will include the behavior and problem solve ways to modify the behavior as part of treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT

  • When you hear the term cognitive know we are referring to anything mental; thoughts, decision making, problem-solving and/or memory.
  • The goal of cognitive therapy is to assist an individual to handle their emotional suffering and live a more productive life.

  • Someone who suffers from anxiety may benefit from Cognitive behavioral therapy. It is a process of retraining the mind and the response. A social situation can only give me anxiety if a perceive it as intimidating. We will learn how to recognize and change the negative thought patterns that make us act out in a specific unhealthy manner.

Behavior Therapy

  • Behavioral is self-explanatory; our actions and responses to our environment.
  • Behavior is believed to be learned therefore, it can be unlearned as well.
  • Behavioral therapy would benefit someone who has a desire to change their behavior. My son receives behavioral therapy for his Autism. We teach him how to handle changes in his environment, how to transition from activities and how to respond socially and appropriately to other children.
  • Behavior therapy depends on operant conditioning, which means that reinforcement, punishment, shaping, and modeling, are very important to the formation of therapy to change behavior. Positive or negative reinforcement always strengthens or encourages a behavior

Combo Please!

Using cognitive behavior therapy and behavioral therapy together can help identify why we feel or respond to a specific stimuli in an unhealthy manner. Cognitive therapy will bring awareness and CBT can teach proper ways to modify or completely change the behavioral response. So we can retrain the mind, thought process as well as the behavioral response.

CBT for Procrastination

Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help the procrastinator change their thought patterns and behaviors. Retraining the thought process with self-talk to combat the rationalizing of putting things off and actually getting fulfillment and giving yourself rewards for accomplishing tasks.